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Grizzlies Volleyball Team Displays Character On The Court

Nov 14, 2014 02:17PM ● Published by Greg James

Copper Hill’s volleyball team huddles prior to their loss to Brighton, 3-2 Oct. 28.

The Copper Hills High School volleyball team has had limited success this season. But head coach Jamie Bartholomew is pleased with her team anyway.

“We are young and somewhat inexperienced, but the way we have battled against far better teams shows our character. I am proud of that,” Bartholomew said.

The Grizzlies closed out their 2014 season 0-10 in Region 3 and 4-21 overall.

“The season has not gone the way I imagined, but these are great kids,” Bartholomew said.

Grizzly senior Roni Jones has signed to play volleyball for BYU after she graduates. Photo courtesy of dbaphotography.com

 Seniors Roni Jones and Summer Brown were the leaders of the team. Jones had 111 kills and is committed to continue playing volleyball after graduation at BYU.

Freshman Taela Laufiso began playing volleyball for the first time in July and was one of the leaders on the team in blocks.

“She [Laufiso] is new, and I have been impressed with her work and attitude. She could be a really great player. Roni is our leader. She is one of the hardest-working kids I have ever coached, and she has a great attitude,” Bartholomew said.

The Grizzlies won three matches in the Bingham Claim Jumper tournament Oct. 3-4. They defeated Woods Cross 2-0, Corner Canyon 2-0 and Murray 2-0. They also defeated Hunter 3-1 to begin their season.

“It has been a rough season, but I think overall it has been good for us. We have come a long way and worked through our struggles. I tried to help the younger girls to learn not to give up and to always play your heart out,” Jones said.   
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